BRITISH bank Standard Chartered's top man in Singapore, Mr Ray Ferguson, is now a Singapore citizen.

The 47-year-old, who is the lender's regional chief executive officer (CEO) for Singapore and South-east Asia, took up Singaporean citizenship late last month along with his wife Clare.

Giving up his British passport was not the easiest decision, but as Mr Ferguson said on Sunday: Singapore is now his home.

'My decision to become a citizen is a commitment to Singapore, which has been home for a long time for me and my family,' he said in an e-mail reply to queries from The Straits Times.

Mr Ferguson has lived in Asia for more than 15 years, six of which were spent in Singapore.

He now lives in Singapore with his wife and their four sons.

Brit CEO now S'porean